In the unfortunate event that you are a victim of Quimera ransomware virus, you can find help in this removal guide.
Quimera ransomware is a severe malware infection that encrypts valuable personal files so that it can extort a ransom fee from victims. Once activated on a computer operating system the Quimera ransomware disrupts its security and passes through a several stages attack.
The activation of Quimera ransomware your computer leads to the following issues:
- Creation of additional malicious files;
- Data harvest;
- Connection to a remote server controlled by hackers;
- Encryption of personal files;
- Files renamed with malicious extension;
- Creation of a ransom message HELP_ME_RECOVER_MY_FILES.txt;
- Extortion of a ransom fee.
After the ransomware completes the attack it leaves the infected system extremely vulnerable to other malware attacks. Continue reading this Quimera ransomware removal guide and find out how to remove malicious files from the infected system. Once you are ready with the removal you can attempt to restore encrypted files with the help of alternative data recovery tools.
|Short Description||A malware that is designed to encrypt valuable files stored on infected computers so that it can extort a ransom fee from victims.|
|Symptoms||Important files are encrypted and renamed with a virus extension|
A ransom message forces victims to contact hackers in order to receive instructions on how to pay a ransom fee probably in cryptocurrency.
|Ransom Demanding Note||HELP_ME_RECOVER_MY_FILES.txt|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails; Email Attachments; Corrupted Websites; Software Installers|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Quimera ransomware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Quimera ransomware.|
|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
Quimera Ransomware – More Details About the Infection
Quimera data locker ransomware has recently been detected in active attack campaigns against online users worldwide. Itс spread is primarily realized via spam emails that contain misleading content, malicious email attachments and links to corrupted websites. So, even when you receive an email that seems to be sent by a legitimate sender beware that it may be part of а malspam campaign. Act carefully with the content presented in the emails you receive.
As a vicious malware infection, Quimera ransomware performs lots of malicious changes that seriously disrupt the security of the infected system. The completion of all malicious operations helps the the ransomware to encrypt personal files without being interrupted.
For the encryption phase, Quimera ransomware launches a built-in cipher module. Then it scans folders for certain types of files that are likely to store valuable personal data. All target files are encrypted and locked. There is no information of a specific extension added by the ransomware. So the only way to understand which files are encrypted is by trying to open them. If your system is not able to open them then these files are encoded.
At last the ransomware creates the file HELP_ME_RECOVER_MY_FILES.txt which contains a ransom message by hackers. According to the ransom message, victims should contact hackers for more details about the recovery of their encrypted files. Here is the full content of the file:
Atention! all your important files were encrypted!
to get your files back send 0.04 Bitcoins and contact us with proof of payment and your Unique Identifier Key.
We will send you a decryption tool with your personal decryption password.
Where can you buy Bitcoins:
You can send us any of your files by mail and we will prove to you that we can safely decrypt everything.
Bitcoin wallet to make the transfer to is: 3PtjNxVwBJdkqw8dtCvEVCnWCsRbtgAaec
With deepest respect for you Corrupt Bards Team.3PtjNxVwBJdkqw8dtCvEVCnWCsRbtgAaec
Unique Identifier Key (must be sent to us together with proof of payment):
Of utmost importance is that you keep calm and refrain from negotiating with cybercriminals. This action does not guarantee the recovery of your encrypted files. We advise all victims to remove Quimera ransomware from the infected machines, back up encrypted files and make sure that their systems are protected against future malware attacks.
Remove Quimera Ransomware – Restore Data
The so-called Quimera ransomware is a threat with a highly complex code that disrupts system security in order to encrypt personal files. Hence the infected system could be used in a secure manner again only after you remove all malicious files and objects created by the ransomware. The steps presented in the ransomware removal guide below will help you with the complete removal process. Beware that the manual ransomware removal is suitable for more experienced computer users. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps navigate to the automatic part of the guide. Step 5 from our Quimera ransomware removal guide presents alternative data recovery methods that may be efficient for the recovery of encrypted files. Beware that you should make copies of all encrypted files and save them on a flash drive for example before the beginning of the recovery process.